Our new Democratic Digital Platform will be launching in June 2024 through the provider Commonplace. This platform will provide access to information and updates on the priority projects identified within the Place Plan, as well as allow for community feedback as the projects develop. We will be regularly updating information from the work undertaken through BTIP’s and feasibility study progression. This will be accessible through the Place Plan Projects Tab, located above.    

We invited locals to feedback on our draft Place Plan using Citizenspace– our online voting tool. 

  • Below is a sample of the 600 responses we received.
  • For a summary of comments, read the Appendices of our Place Plan.


Three words come up again and again in feedback:





We’ve got the potential.

We need the investment.

This is our opportunity.

3 generations in garden - growing the future

“I like the Plan. It’s community driven and includes quick wins as well as more long term projects to improve Stranraer both in the short and longer term.” Paul

“I love your Place Plan! It was a joy to read it.
I feel the energy and passion and the engagement with the community.
Wish you good luck with the bid. Well done.”
Esther, Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere 

“This plan is incredible, well done to all.” Shirley


“I support it because it addresses what I see as the worst aspects of the town at the moment –

the town centre and the East pier.” Mark


“I support the plan. I feel that Stranraer and its townsfolk have been neglected for too long.
We need any and all facilities to help our town and its residents thrive.” Kevin

“A wonderful considered and inspiring plan to reinvigorate Stranraer and surrounds” Michael

“This is brilliant. Well done.”

Jenny, River Basin Planning Coordinator, SEPA


“There is a large proportion of older people in this area – where is there anything for them?
Some older people don’t just want to sit about chatting. Exercise facilities are needed.” Linda

“The town would benefit from expenditure to make the east pier (waste ground) into a usable space for the community. I also particularly like the idea to revive and rejuvenate the town centre and buildings / shopfronts as this would make the town more welcoming for residents and visitors.” Gerald


“I think it’s fantastic that people are being proactive in making improvements to Stranraer.
It’s a great place to live and has such potential. Well done to everyone who is involved.” Carolyn

“I like the changes so far to update parts of the town. I think it will help to instill and grow a sense of pride particularly with younger Stranraer residents.” Sarah

“Very exciting to see people wanting to improve the town.” Mhairi

“Feels varied and has wide appeal and also seems to address some of the fundamentals. I think connectivity is missing, i.e. how Stranraer connects with Dumfries, Ayr and more importantly Glasgow as changing trains in Ayr puts visitors off.” Steve